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Shearer Says

Written By: - Date published: 11:46 am, December 20th, 2012 - 55 comments
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Merry Christmas

I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a relaxing and safe summer break.

I’ll be heading up north to the beach to enjoy a few days in the sun with my family. I’m looking forward to catching a few waves on the surfboard (probably small ones!) as well as sparking up the BBQ and spending time with friends and family after a busy year. I’ve recorded a Christmas message, which you can watch here

This is a time for reflection but also for resolutions.

We’ve set out some bold new policies and we’ve tackled the Government on the issues that matter to you.

Our commitment in 2013 is to show Kiwis that Labour is ready to lead the next Government and to take New Zealand in a new ‘hands on’ direction. We are energised and ready for the fight.

I’d like to thank you and the thousands of Labour supporters who have played a vital role this year. You’ve helped us hold the Government to account and to get our message out that there is hope and that together we can make the changes needed to improve the lives of all Kiwis.

Thank you for that.

I look forward to continuing to work for you and with you in the New Year.

Warm regards
David Shearer
Labour Leader

55 comments on “Shearer Says”

  1. Rhinoviper 1

    And once again, some poor hack has to sort through a rambling monologue recorded on a wax cylinder and transcribe it into corporatese:

    Um. Ah… Is this switched on? Testing? Testing?

    Ah.

    I’d like to wish you a Merry Buddhamas… um… Clausmas… but I don’t know how.

    I’m ah… having a holiday. Someone said they couldn’t tell the difference…. don’t know what they meant, since I’ve been holding my accountant… ah… I’m heading north, like a duck in winter. No, not you Trevor… oh, you’re going north too? That’s nice. Um, where was I… holding the government’s accountant. I have a tape of it somewhere. Gosh, I hope David doesn’t. Oh, I’m David. I mean… C-C-C-nnnnn… HIM.

    Anyway, I’m going to surf north.

    Christmas, that’s it. Got it. Um. It’s a time for reflections and resolutions. New Year resolutions. It’s been a good year. Yes, thanks Trev, I though I said that well too. There were verbs and nouns and all sorts of things like you told me.

    Um. It’s been a good year and I resolve to hold the Labour Party to account. Or audit their accounts. Or listen to their accountant. Yes. And barbecue him.

    Ah, well, anyway, there’s this Zoroastermas message that I’ve recorded:

    It’s been a good year.

    No, I’ve already said that. I mean that here’s a recoding of me holding a Akhenatenmas to account:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

    Wasn’t that nice?

    Now I’m going to hold a reflection to account. I don’t trust him. He’s in the mirror and he’s also called David, like C-C-C-C-nnnn… can’t say it. Shifty fellow. Don’t trust reflections, they’re impostors. I’ll hold him to account though! With my hands.

    In 2013 I will be committed. No Trevor, not to one of THOSE places. I mean committed as in showing dedication. Annette got me a dick. Dictionary. I have my hands on it. No Trevor, the book! I am hands on the dictionary.

    I will be holding the government to account and it’s been a good year. Did I say that already?

    Well I have. Matthew told me so, and that other fellow. Short, chubby, spectacles. Also called David. It’s jolly confusing with so many Davids about, I can tell you! Still, they said they liked me, so that’s jolly nice of them. I must be doing well, unlike David… the reflection. Or C-C-C-nnnn… still can’t say it.

    I will be hands-on in holding the government for account for a good year. Well of course if I’m hands-on I’ll be holding it. In a direction. North, probably. What do you mean “redundant?” Look, there are FIVE cardinal directions. North, South, East, West and Hands-on. There, see! What, there are four? Well we’ll call North Hands-on. East, South, West and Hands-on. There.

    Where was I?

    Yes. Labour. I’d like to thank several Labour caucus members for supporting me against the Labour Party and holding them in a hands-on direction to account in what has been a good year. Together we can ensure that our lives eating at Bellamy’s continue. Thank you everyone, all you taxpayers for providing me with food, a nice comfy chair and… stuff. As you know, I believe in a hands-on way that people should pay their way and I’m glad that you’re paying mine.

    I look forward to you continuing to do my work for me.

    By the way, my roof needs painting. Could one of you blu- one of you wonderful warm supporters do it in a hands-on direction?

    My pants are warm.

    To avoid confusion, instead of being called David, I am now Ramesses Niblick the Third, Kerplunk Kerplunk Whoops Where’s My Thribble. Mister Flibble told me that.

  2. Tiresias 2

    Sorry David. I and thousands of others don’t do Christmas, either as a religious festival or as a crap-fest of over-indulgence and drooling Pavlovian consumerism. So wishing me a happy one is as meaningless as the kiss you’d give someone’s baby on the run-up to an election.

    Oh, and remind me when you tackled the Government on an issue that matters to me? It must have happened when those Jehova’s Witnesses came to the door in October some time and I missed two minutes of the radio news getting rid of them.

  3. ad 3

    I suspect next year Shearer will reach for the “nation-building” rhetoric. More abstract nouns like hope and country and identity etc. Sigh.

    Which will strike everyone (here and in analogue space) as being as half-baked as the housing policy. Has there been a detailed housing policy that shows how the policy targets will be achieved that I am unaware of?

    So now we are at less than 2% GDP growth per year. National want to have a traditional rentier + quarry/enclave economy.

    20 years ago you could drive up north from Auckland and the next piece of highly processed and diversified agriculture with good dividends did not appear past your car until you got to Kerkeri. Same in Otago; Milton to Roxburgh, then Ettrick to Alexandra.
    Same in Hawkes Bay apart from a few early vineyards. Same almost right around the country except the South Island West Coast and Far North west coast.

    In 1992 New Zealand still grew masses of raw logs and sheep – two of the very worst value exports that are now in irrecoverable decline (with a few rare high value-add exceptions). The bulk commodity quarry-enclave economy is dying a good slow death, no matter the primitive corporatist thinking Joyce has.

    Despite Joyce’s best efforts, mining just isn’t going to take off here. Unless someone is really gutsy and lucky in the great Southern basin. There are fewer and fewer places for lazy bulk-commodity investments to reside in any safety. Which is excellent long term for New Zealand.

    What I hope Labour wants, is to accelerate a value-added export economy far faster than anyone else. You can only do that with a plan, something like what David Cunliffe was outlining in his speeches this year. Even with a more value-added agricultural economy than we have had in 20 years, we still only get to 2% GDP growth.

    The environment will be damaged that’s a given, the actual question is how much damage is supportable to sustain a tax base that in turn sustains our social welfare net.

    How to get beyond 2% growth to something that sustains our massive retirement welfare burden, and our schools and hospitals and police. But especially retirement welfare.

    This is the one equation I don’t trust the Greens to deal with. Nor do I trust the likes of Shane Jones necessarily. But I desperately want a good government to plot the possible path that gets us there. National have no plan, and will never get back the rentier Old Zealand – too many businesses are locked into wanting higher margins now.

    But what is Labour’s plan? Beyond the broad tax moves. What is Labour’s plan for the economy without Cunliffe? The answer to that is the answer to the mark my pen makes in the election booth in 2014.

  4. bad12 4

    Dear Dave, nice BBQ spread you have got going there, i am, as usual a little short this week, any chance you can sweep a couple of crumbs off of the table my way,

    A Sickness Bene…

    • Mary 4.1

      Sorry bad12, Labour’s a party for workers, not beneficiaries. I wish Labour would just hurry up and die so we can get on with rebuilding the caring society. For as long as Labour hangs around competing with Key’s henchman to see who can hate the poor the most nothing will change. Until Labour fucks off we’re all doomed.

  5. Neoleftie 5

    Were do you live bad ..near me.
    Alway welcome at me BBQ and Xmas.
    We always have a gaggle of randoms at Xmas time…backpackers to elderly no where else to go folk from the neighbourhood etc, all welcome at our table.
    it’s a small gesture at this time of reflection and thanks giving.

    • bad12 5.1

      Gee thank’s for the offer but i do not celebrate Christmas in any way and on the 25th will carry on doing the normal stuff that i do every day….

  6. Mary 6

    “I look forward to continuing to work for you and with you in the New Year.”

    Until you change your stance on social security and your attitude towards the poor and say that you were wrong to abolish the special benefit in 2004 and wrong to ditch the long title to the Social Security Act that has been with us since 1938 and wrong to give beneficiaries with children less tax credits than other people with children and wrong to do a whole bunch of other stuff we’d only expect from the Tory scum and not only apologise for doing all these things but vow to fix them all up (and that we believe what you say, which will be very difficult because your track record is so hopelessly abysmal all trust has gone) we will never work with you again – we will fight you.

  7. lurgee 7

    Nothing warms the hearts of the right more than the sight of the left turning on itself.

    • Mary 7.1

      I agree, but Labour are not part of the left and haven’t been for a long time. When Labour rejoins the left, if they ever do, there’ll be no need to attack them.

    • Well here’s hoping the Right enjoy Mr Shearer&co’s little Christmas gift to them and that the situation is rectified in the new year then.

    • @lurgee, The left is not turning on itself at all,it’s all about fairness,justice,democracy, for
      too long the labour members,voters, workers have been ignored,Clark took the labour party
      further to the right and Shearer is steering the ship into a stronger shade of blue,that is the
      problem and that’s what alot of labourites and leftists recognize.
      Shearer has spent his dollar,he has shown over and over that he ticks all the boxes that
      represents right wing policies and ideology and flicks off any concerns and expectations that members or voters may have,in fact, he doesn’t care,
      What would warm the heart of the right even more,is if labour blue, joined national blue in
      a mega party, because as it stands there is no real difference,sure as hell would make key’s govt’s
      job easier in parliament, no hassels,no hard questioning,no intense questioning, needless to say,
      it’s already happening, the very time that the nacts should be begging for mercy because of
      their disasters to date, labour are asleep,the last year in parliament would show you that
      there has been no real pressure from labour.
      Shearer say’s he was ‘elected’ that’s spin, which suits him, he was hoisted into the job by
      a faction inside caucus,the members at the meetings voted for a leader, they voted for Cunliffe, who won 9 out of the 10 meetings,caucus went against the vote, can you not see why members
      and voters are just a bit pissed.
      The story here is about the people taking labour back to its roots,it’s founding principles and it
      is long overdue.

  8. Dear gods, the sizzling sounds, the 4-Square-Guy apron … could you be trying any harder, David? That’s not a compliment.

  9. Neoleftie 9

    Perhap you should invite hootens and QoT to your Xmas BBQ, after all it’s your turn.
    Poor David cunliffe is all alone at his..
    Seriously how about one or some fiery rhetoric perhaps.
    I’m David shearer and it’s time we put food on everyone table so we all can enjoy Xmas.
    It’s a time of family and community.
    It’s a time to reflect and in this trying economic time it’s time for a new direction.
    A direction where we are all have an fair and equal opportunity to share in the bounty of this fair and great country.
    Time for people to combine and strive together for a better way of life.
    It’s time, it’s labour time, it’s our time.

    • QoTViper 9.1

      Ha, can you imagine? I’d hope Matthew and I could do our Kiwi heritage proud by getting off-our-faces drunk and sticking to safe topics like the disgraceful treatment of Ross Taylor by NZ Cricket.

      • Mary 9.1.1

        Guess he could’ve posted on Redalert instead. Is that still going? Thought he’d feel more at home on Kiwiblog, anyway.

  10. quartz 10

    That apron is intensely telling. It’s an in-joke for a boomer elite that has appropriated “Kiwi” national identity while simultaneously denying anyone else access to it. It’s like a taxidermised trophy head in the study of a colonial bureaucrat.

  11. Chris 11

    Not a good look David!

  12. fender Viper 12

    Thought I had clicked on a Caption Contest there for a minute. With that guy about to instruct how to burn a Cunliffe prime fillet from the Gower 3 month marinade cookbook, the lost looking little Ted guy looking useless and is that Curren scoring an own goal again trying to do a browneye but being to stupid to lower the jeans?

  13. mac1 13

    A propos the Four Square apron.

    My father was a Four Square Grocer in Christchurch. When he was a grocer, it was a co-operative enterprise in which shares were held by individual small corner grocers.

    It was -strike that- IS a potent symbol for me as a son of a man who kept a small business, ran it ethically and with regard for his customers and community.

    My father was a Labour man through and through. I learned my politics from him and my social values. I was fortunate as the youngest son to give my father’s funeral oration in which I paid tribute to his rejection of profit motive above all else, to his fair pricing and fair dealings. All of these good Labour values.

    I believe that David Shearer as leader of the Labour party shares those values. I, for one, am pleased to see him wearing that symbol.

    That the Four Square guy is playing a guitar just might also have relevance as to why a guitar-playing Shearer should wear such an apron. As a guitar picker myself, I certainly would wear such an apron for that reason as well.

    That the apron happens to be a red one, might also have something to do with why Shearer should choose it.

    The rest, ladies and gentlemen, of what I have read above in your comments is pure unadulterated crap, full of hatred, bile and closed-mindedness. You see what you see because you want to see it.

    If you don’t believe this, then just consider the choice of the still shot from that short video. It’s not the one that got sent to me as a Labour member. It was chosen deliberately. A fair person would ask why. I ask that question of the poster of this post.

    My comments except Lurgee above. He or she has a point. Please take it.

    • mac1
      Interesting re the Four Square Grocer symbolism.

      How about writing to Mr Shearer and expressing Lurgee’s message to him?

      You are entitled to your opinion re unadulterated crap, full of hatred, bile and close-mindedness, and I am entitled to entirely disagree.

      I think you’ll find that most people critical of recent Labour party behaviour, are basing their opinions on observation, not close-mindedness and I remind you such comments are not the cause of caucus problems, nor left wing implosions, simply a response to them, no matter how msm paint it differently.

    • fender Viper 13.2

      Read the excellent comment made by Vivaciousviper for pointers on what has happened to Labour and why people are unhappy. Not the same party your father supported.

      And the duopoly grocery scene aint serving us well either.

    • Mary 13.3

      Your position ignores the fact that the current Labour Party is nothing like the Labour Party your father supported. The only thing they’ve got in common is the name. Have a look at all of the nasty policies Labour introduced that’ve done nothing but hurt the poorest of the poor. Do just a little bit of research and you’ll find that almost everyone on this thread is correct. Here’s what Sue Bradford had to say about Labour recently:

      “In the 2000s Labour was responsible, among other things, for getting rid of the much-needed Special Benefit, reintroducing ‘no go zones’ in rural areas, introducing massive structural discrimination against the children of beneficiaries via the In Work Tax Credit, and undermining in legislation the very purpose of social security itself as established by Labour’s own forebears in 1938.

      David Shearer’s recent speech in which he talked about a sickness beneficiary in a way guaranteed to appeal to beneficiary bashers nationwide has not given me confidence that Labour will do any better when they are once more part of Government.”

      http://pundit.co.nz/content/beneficiary-impact-highlights-poverty-of-social-policies

    • IrishBill 13.4

      Two things, Mac1. That’s a limited edition Dick Frizzell apron (he’s the artist that produced the label for the fundraiser wine) and the video is stopped on a frame chosen by Labour’s comms team – take a look at the original on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlYjZHGxgn4

      • Olwyn 13.4.1

        Under different circumstances that apron would at least show appreciation for a local artist, but in the present context it simply rubs salt into the wounds of demoralisation.

        I do not expect miracles. I happily supported Labour under Clark, though I did not like to see the scrapping of the SB. I willingly put pamphlets in letterboxes for Goff, though I met his leadership with a sigh and despised the way he dispensed with Chris Carter. Then I was still able to hold on to the belief, now shown to be false, that Labour under Clark had inched away from its dark past and could not go back there. It is utterly demoralising to see the Labour Party trying to sell itself in the manner of an insurance company rather lowering itself to represent or defend anyone. It is demoralising to have Matthew Hooton dropping by to gloat.

        Furthermore, though I cannot get excited about polls under the circumstances, I suspect that the mid thirties is the upper limit to what this strategy can achieve; it’s lose a few more left, gain a few more right, all within a very small margin.

        • Olwyn 13.4.1.1

          I should add that the deeply unjust treatment of Cunliffe, and less directly, of the members, cannot help but cast a further pall over these cheery meaningless messages – its like watching the ads for a restaurant from which I got food poisoning.

        • JK 13.4.1.2

          Likewise. I, too, thought Clark was starting to take Labour to the left, and I could put up with Goff because he was making the “right” noises – seemingly, also to the left. But what has happened since has reinforced my belief that Labour hasn’t really moved very far from the Rogernomics days, and personally I doubt that we’ll manage much more than the percentage we’ve achieved to date. Shearer sounds old and tired on that video, and unsure of himself. He’s had a good 12 months to find his feet and be a vigorous leader – he’s shown just the opposite. Key will wipe him out during election year (and Labour along with him).
          As for Shearer’s reaction to the media-led Cunliffe hounding : he couldn’t explain anything that Cunliffe did that was wrong or disloyal, but he went ahead and dumped him ignominiously anyway. That sort of behaviour on Shearer’s part is/was despicable.

      • mac1 13.4.2

        Thanks, IrishBill. I am happy to know that the discrepancy between the starting images of the two sources for the Shearer “Merry Christmas and thanks for 2012″ video lies where it does.

        It might even point out that I too am guilty of seeing what I want to see, once I was disposed to seeing it. I have been the recipient of having my image misused on TV and in the papers so that a particular opinion of the media person/s concerned might be reinforced. I am therefore well aware of what can be done.

        The rest of what I wrote reflects my feelings about the attacks on Shearer. As blue leopard says, he is absolutely entitled to disagree. I am happy to read well-founded and well-argued criticism of our leaders. It’s what I see as the pack-like behaviour and pettiness that grieves me.

        Once the leadership process within Labour is concluded in February, then I hope we can all move on, into constructive work to replace this dreadful National government with what promises to be a collaboration of the centre-left reflecting the values which are our collective history and heritage.

        • blue leopard 13.4.2.1

          Yes, after February, I believe there will be a shift regardless of the outcome of the Leadership vote.

          I think that the continued criticism is in order to get a strong message to the Labour party caucus to make some better moves than they have up until now. I think this criticism is a valuable part of democracy and it is too soon to start going easy on them. After February, though, I think people will focus their energies elsewhere, either support of NZLP, or for other parties; depending on the decisions made.

          • Mary 13.4.2.1.1

            “I think this criticism is a valuable part of democracy and it is too soon to start going easy on them. After February, though, I think people will focus their energies elsewhere, either support of NZLP, or for other parties; depending on the decisions made.”

            Yes, it’s way too early to start going easy on them, but I just hope that if Labour make the wrong decisions enough people will in fact give their support to other parties. I’m assuming, of course, that there’s consensus on what constitutes a “wrong decision”, but I just hope that the number of people who don’t agree with where Labour ends up going have got the guts to ditch them – that they won’t take the “better of two evils” approach as if we’re locked in an FPP timewarp. I think if enough people on the Left voted honestly Labour may very well be relegated below Opposition (with a capital “O”) status. For me personally when that happens will be a very happy day indeed, but that’s just because I’ve lost all hope that Labour can ever rejoin the Left.

            • blue leopard 13.4.2.1.1.1

              @ Mary
              I thoroughly agree with you re if Labour continues to make the wrong decisions, that people will move their support to other parties. This would be MMP working well.

              I hope Labour isn’t that far gone though…there’s still time…I hope (!)

        • Mary 13.4.2.2

          “I am happy to read well-founded and well-argued criticism of our leaders. It’s what I see as the pack-like behaviour and pettiness that grieves me.”

          Do you think then that it’s not possible for the “pack” (which in theses circumstances isn’t anything more than a group of individuals agreeing with each other) to offer criticism that is well argued and well founded, i.e simply because it’s criticism coming from a “pack”? Can’t the “pack” be correct? I think that on the question of Shearer and Labour and its track record and what Labour believes and where Labour’s likely to be heading … the “pack” has never been more accurate.

          • mac1 13.4.2.2.1

            Funnily enough, Mary, on another thread I was accused of being a sock puppet by the commenter who opened the batting for the anti-Shearer team in this post because I agreed with two other commenters that enough was enough.

            All I would say is to read the comments made from the beginning of this post. If they were fairly made I’d have no problem- apart from the OTT repetition of the slagging of Shearer that seems to dominate the Standard at the moment. My view is that they are not well argued (before my challenge- after that, people seem to have started to debate the issues and not just being denigratory) and not well founded.

            Your comments at 4.1 and 7.1 are examples. Your comment at 6, however, does give some basis for your position, and I respect that expression of an opinion. Since you are arguing from a stance that is outside the Labour Party, given your 4,1 and 7.1 remarks, you are perfectly entitled to attack the leader of the Labour Party. I would just hope that after February, when my Party decides the question, that we move on collectively to attack the real foe in National and its like minded friends as you strongly state in comment 6. “Scum” was your word.

            I note that there is an invitation to other party leaders to put their newsletters onto the Standard. So far, no other party leader has.

            I don’t have to wonder long for why, reading the comments to this post, no other leader has taken up the invitation for a free for all slagging.

            • vto 13.4.2.2.1.1

              That’s some well balamced uselessness. You should embrace not repulse.

              • mac1

                Please clarify, vto. Your comment seems to be critical (“well-balanced uselessness”) but does not explain what the criticism is.

                Does the second sentence refer to me, someone else, or is it a general philosophical principle that you are enunciating?

                • vto

                  I can’t explain it any better

                • mac1
                  Don’t you feel a little bit critical that the biggest, most directed attack that Labour displayed this year was toward one of its own? In a year when National was doing a particularly good impression of a group of clowns that hadn’t a clue how to run a raffle, let alone a country.

                  Don’t you think that perhaps it has something to do with this type of phenomenon, that people are a tad peeved?

                  Do you think it is useful to point out to a party when it is screwing up? Or do you think that you should be “loyal” to a party, regardless of its behaviour, and regardless of its “loyalty” to you?

                  • mac1

                    blue leopard, I have no problem with criticism that is well made, well founded and giving some general obeisance to logic, examples and conclusions. I am not interested particularly in pettiness, etc as I have already stated.

                    If that is made by someone outside the Labour party, no problem. If it’s made by Labour members within the Labour Party, no problem. February should decide the issue that you characterise as the biggest, most directed attack.

                    I don’t respond publicly to criticisms I have of NZLP doings, as a loyal member. The party is bigger than us as individuals. But I do voice criticism within when I feel the need.

                    I understand people’s concerns. I do read this blog and I do attend meetings within the Labour Party. Just had an informal end of year meeting tonight actually.

                    I am saying that a lot of the criticism is unfounded, petty, vindictive, motivated by the desire to pull down a fellow left wing party, motivated by personal grievances with the party, basically bull shit stuff that is tiresomely repetitive. Not all…… a lot. People can decide for themselves which is which.

                    Would I like Labour to be more effective as an opposition? Would I like the media to be fairer in its reporting? Would I like people to be more focussed on issues than upon personalities? Would I like to get one or two people into a quiet room and conduct some restorative justice meetings, refocus energies and ask for a re-examination of their political, social and personal priorities? Would I ask them to consider the question that the party is bigger than us?

                    Those are wish lists for Santa Claus and suggestions for New Year’s resolutions. It’s all been seen before and will be again in my coming up forty years in the party. We’ll be back. We have to. Things are too important otherwise.

                    We all need a bit of a break from all this to refresh, rethink, revitalise, re-prioritise, reprise the struggle.

                    Best wishes to all of us for that.

                    • Napkins

                      “I don’t respond publicly to criticisms I have of NZLP doings, as a loyal member. The party is bigger than us as individuals. But I do voice criticism within when I feel the need.”

                      Perhaps you could also remind the Labour caucus that the party is bigger than they are?
                      Last I looked however they disagreed vehemently with that message. To the extent of silencing their own MPs and members via a major crackdown.

                    • Mary

                      “I am saying that a lot of the criticism is unfounded, petty, vindictive, motivated by the desire to pull down a fellow left wing party, motivated by personal grievances with the party, basically bull shit stuff that is tiresomely repetitive. Not all…… a lot. People can decide for themselves which is which.”

                      Yes, you’re right. We shouldn’t be so petty and vindictive. We should be applauding how a so-called party of the left continued the decimation of our social security system after leading us all to believe it would put a halt to the nasty attacks on the poor carried out by the Richardson/Shipley tag-team of the 1990s.

                      Yes, you’re right. Continuing to speak up for the poor and vulnerable who suffered at the hands of a so-called left party that did nothing for them but put the boot in is just “tiresomely repetitive”.

                      Yes, every criticism of the current Labour Party is unfounded. We should all just shut the fuck up, at least until we know what we’re talking about.

                      I nearly didn’t bother giving your comment a response because as vto’s pointed out what you say is so well balanced it’s useless. Did you ever see the movie Pleasantville?

                      Your problem is that you value party allegiance over how a party’s policies impact on people’s lives: “The Party can do no wrong.” I’ve talked to people from the Labour Party who are of this ilk about what happened to social security between 1999 and 2008. It was like talking to robots. Everything, they said, was out of their control. It’s as if they weren’t human. Your comments seem very similar. What’s interesting, rather than convincing me that your way is the best way, you’re strengthening resolve to keep telling the truth. Apologies, Mac, if all this sounds rather Ghandinian, but Labour will continue to be fought until it proves itself to be a true party of the Left.

                    • Hear hear Napkins.

                      Cheers for the response Mac1,

                      I see where you are coming from.

                      Greater than the individuals, the Party is based on political principles that, here on The Standard, I read many pleas that the party realign with, based on fears the Party (more like caucus) is wandering from them. Add that to the wish list and we can all hope Santa Claus (caucus or even perhaps providence? …well anything really) delivers. I think many people commenting here would be very happy if he does. :)

            • Mary 13.4.2.2.1.2

              “My view is that they are not well argued (before my challenge- after that, people seem to have started to debate the issues and not just being denigratory) and not well founded.”

              Guess you’ve socked it to us, then.

              • mac1

                Synchronicity does not imply causality, Mary.

                No debate then? Just more of the same. Have a good break.

                I’ll now put a sock in my own mouth, as this discussion warrants.

                • Mary

                  The clear inference was that your “challenge” caused a change in the way comments on this thread were made. You weren’t saying that it was a coincidence.

  14. xtasy 14

    Shearer faaaarted into the wind, riding on his surf board and feasting on a barbie.

    I always read “Shearer says”, so when does he start to LISTEN, perhaps, our soft dictator dude???

  15. Craig Glen viper 15

    Shearer says “nothing”

  16. felixviper 16

    Mumblefuck takes twenty-two seconds to say “Merry Christmas” (really getting the hang of those soundbites) while anointed former staffer Kris Faafoi stands around like a half-sucked cock.

    Ladies and Gents, The Labour Party.

    • xtasy 16.1

      I am starting to see “Labour” in the same light as the “labour” a pregnant woman painfully goes through, while her baby is born.

      That may mean there could perhaps be a positive outcome at the end, but it must be called something else, as it would have to be “beyond Labour” and full of life, to be “positive”.

      So all on the left, spend some thoughts on this over the holidays, maybe a totally new start, with a new, freshly faced, smartly founded and well organised NEW party may be the only solution to get rid of such idiots that are presently sitting on the front bench for “Labour”.

      Flipping a few chops on a BBQ and saying nothing worth saying for 22 seconds in a useless video message, that is NOT the message I want to get from a “leader”, before Christmas.

      No wonder Key can travel to Hawaii without much to worry about?!

      • Mary 16.1.1

        “No wonder Key can travel to Hawaii without much to worry about?!”

        That’s why the right welcomed Shearer with open arms. “Come David, come join the ranks of the chosen, become one of us, join the elite. It doesn’t matter what party you’re from, silly … all that party stuff is for the plebs. You’re in the big time now, Little Flick.”

        I hear what you’re saying, Xtasy, but I don’t share your sense of hope. Labour cannot ever find redemption. Maybe this is in fact what you’re saying, but the party’s tainted beyond ever being able to be trusted again. I agree a fresh start is needed but I’m afraid the only way that can happen is after the complete destruction of the Labour Party as we currently know it.

        • xtasy 16.1.1.1

          They are nearly there, to be honest!

          Hence my repeated appeal to others, to rethink, to consider a NEW party altogether, to get over this nonsense!

  17. vto 17

    Upon first reading and initial reaction it would seem to be written from afar. Lots of things to write to lots of people suppose. What is it that makes a great leader?

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    Parliament opened this week and I still find it a very odd place. Most of the people are reasonably courteous and friendly, but the rituals are archaic and the rules around issues like the swearing in oath are oppressive and...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Marae Investigates No More
    TVNZ yesterday announced the closure of their Māori and Pacific programmes department. That means they’ve chosen to stop making Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, Waka Huia and Marae Investigates to let independent producers get their hands on these lucrative contracts. This is...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • BLOGWATCH: An Un-Civil War in Labour, eh?
    Earlier today, my attention was directed to an entry that’s just recently appeared on the Slightly Left of Centre blog. It purports to contain the ‘inside word’ from a highly placed NZF source – which is funny, because I’m pretty sure...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Santanomics 101
    Santanomics could mean a number of things. It could be the study and practice of giving. Or it could mean the study and practice of rampant end-of-year commercialism. However, for me today it is the economics of erectingAuckland’s giant Santa...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • SkyCity boss misleads public over workers lost shifts
    SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison has defended the employment practices at his company in an “Opinion” piece entitled “Human Capital key to corporate success” in the NZ Herald on Thursday. A number of his claims are misleading, contain only partial truths...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • Review: Perfect Place
    I went to a Perfect Place on Tuesday night, and what a delight it was. The marshmallows sweetly (and forcefully) handed out pre-show, set the tone for the next hour. Walking up the stairs at The Basement was a complete...
    The Daily Blog | 23-10
  • 5AA Australia – NZ on UN Security Council + Dirty Politics Lingers On
    5AA Australia: Selwyn Manning and Peter Godfrey deliver their weekly bulletin Across The Ditch. General round up of over night talkback issues: Thongs, Jandals and flip-flops… ISSUE 1: New Zealand has been successful in its campaign to become a non...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • When I mean me, I mean my office & when I call whaleoil I mean not as m...
    This. Is. Ludicrous. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman put the first of what are likely to be many questions about Mr Key’s relationship with Slater, asking him how many times he had phoned or texted the blogger since 2008. “None...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • A brief word on describing the Government as ‘boring and bland’
    The narrative being sown is that this Government will be a boring and bland third term. Boring and bland. Since the election, Key has announced he is privatising 30% of state houses without reinvesting any of that money back into housing society’s most...
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • More Latté Than Lager: Reflections on Grant Robertson’s Campaign Launch.
    BIKERS? SERIOUSLY! Had Grant Robertson’s campaign launch been organised by Phil Goff? Was this a pitch for the votes of what few Waitakere Men remain in the Labour Party? Was I even at the right place? Well, yes, I was....
    The Daily Blog | 22-10
  • About Curwen Ares Rolinson
    Curwen Ares Rolinson – Curwen Ares Rolinson is a firebrand young nationalist presently engaged in acts of political resistance deep behind enemy lines amidst the leafy boughs of Epsom. He is affiliated with the New Zealand First Party; although his...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis.Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories,...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • About Kate Davis
    Kate Davis.Kate Davis – Having completed her BA in English and Politics, Kate is now starting her MA. Kate works as a volunteer advocate at Auckland Action Against Poverty and previously worked for the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Kate writes...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Parker does a Shearer – oh for a Labour Leader who can challenge msm fals...
    Sigh. It seems David Parker has done a Shearer… Like a cult and too red – Parker on LabourLabour leadership contender David Parker says Labour borders on feeling like “a cult” and must look at its branding – including its...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • A brief word on the hundreds of millions NZ is spending on the secret intel...
    The enormity of the mass surveillance state NZ Government’s have built carries a huge price tag… Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spyingThe $103 million taxpayer funding of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies is effectively a membership fee for joining the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Where. Is. Jason. Ede?
    Where. Is. Jason. Ede?...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Labour’s Din of Inequity
    Watching Labour’s leadership candidates on Q+A on Sunday, I noticed the ongoing use of terms like “opportunity” and “aspiration”, and “party of the workers”. What do these mean? We glean much from Labour, and from the media about Labour, but not...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • “Blue-Greenwash” fails the test when it comes to endangered dolphins
    National’s pre-election promises saw some wins for the environment – perhaps as the party sought to appease its “Blue-Green” voters and broaden its popular appeal. Some of the ecological gains were a long time in the making, overdue even– such...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • Reasons not to be cheerful, Part #272b
    Why don’t you get back into bed? The next few years — the rest of this century — are not going to be pretty. There is an obvious disconnect between any remaining political ambition to fix climate change and the...
    The Daily Blog | 21-10
  • OIA protocols and official advice ignored to hide Child Poverty
    It might not seem so now, but child poverty was a major election issue. What a pity we did not have the full debate. In that debate it would have been very helpful to have seen the Ministry of Social...
    The Daily Blog | 20-10
  • Previewing the 4 candidates for Leader of the Labour Party
    The extraordinary outbursts by Shearer last week highlights just how toxic that Caucus is. Shearer was on every major media platform as the ABC attack dog tearing into Cunliffe in the hope of diminishing Cunliffe’s support of Little by tearing...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kate Davis – the sudden explosion of ‘left’ blogs
    Time to Teach or more people will suffer from P.A.I.D. Political And Intellectual Dysmorphia.I was on the Twitter and a guy followed me so of course I did the polite thing and followed him back. He wrote a blog so...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Ego vs Eco
    Ego vs Eco...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • We can’t let the Roastbuster case slip away
    Those of us (like me) left with hope that the police would aggressively follow through on the large amount of evidence on offer to them (let’s not forget they forgot they even had some at one point) in the Roastbusters...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Food, shelter and medicine instead of bombs and bullets
    The on-going conflict across the Middle East – due in large part to the US-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq – has created another humanitarian crisis of biblical proportion. The essentials of life are desperately needed in Iraq and Syria...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • The politics of electorate accommodations
    National’s electorate accommodations with ACT and United Future were a big factor in it winning re-election. Interestingly, there is another electorate accommodation scenario whereby the centre-left could have come out on top, even with the same distribution of party votes....
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Why you should join the TPPA Action on 8 November
    On 8 November 2014, thousands of Kiwis will take part in the International Day of Action to protest the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The rally cry for us is TPPA – Corporate Trap, Kiwis Fight Back. Why should you join...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • GUEST BLOG – Patrick O’Dea: no new coal mines
    Green Party and Mana Party policy is “NO NEW COAL MINES!” Auckland Coal Action is trying to put this policy into action on the ground. ACA after a hard fought two year campaign waged alongside local residents and Iwi, in...
    The Daily Blog | 19-10
  • Comparing Police action – Hager raid vs Roast Buster case
    This satire had the NZ Police contact TDB and threaten us with 6months in prison for using their logo.   The plight of Nicky Hager and the draconian Police actions against him has generated over  $53 000 in donations so...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Malala Yousafzai, White Saviour Complexes and Local Resistance
    Last week, Malala Yousafzai was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Since her exposure to the worldwide spotlight, her spirit, wisdom and strength have touched the hearts of people everywhere. However, there have been cynics who have argued that...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • Jason Ede is back – but no media can interview him?
    Well, well, well. Jason Ede, the main figure connected to John Key’s office and the Dirty Politics black ops is back with a company with deep ties to the National Party. One thing you can say about the right –...
    The Daily Blog | 18-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Curwen Rolinson – Leadership Transitions In Other Parties: A ...
    As cannot have escaped anyone’s attention by now, the country is presently in the grips of an election and campaign that will help determine the fate of the nation for years to come. It’s gripping stuff – with clear divides...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • SkyCity worker says she faces losing her house
    SkyCity worker Carolyn Alpine told the company annual shareholder’s meeting today that she faced the prospect of losing her house because the company had cut her shifts from two a week to one without consultation. The solo mother, has worked...
    The Daily Blog | 17-10
  • Greg O’Connor’s latest push to arm cops & 5 reasons not to
    I was wondering at what point within a 3rd term of National that Police Cheerleader Greg O’Connor would start trying to demand cops be armed. O’Connor must have thought to himself, ‘if bloody Key can get us and the GCSB vast new...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • You can’t have crisis without ISIS
    So the new scary bogeyman ISIS might have chemical weapons that the US secretly found in Iraq, but America didn’t want to expose this find because the WMDs were actually built and made by the US and Europe, the two powers...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • NZ WINS UN SPIN THE BOTTLE! Privately sucking up to America for a decade me...
    Oh, we are loved! Little old NZ, the 53rd state of America after Israel and Australia, gets to sit at the adults table for the special dinner party that is the UN Security Council. How delightful, a decade of privately...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • MEDIA BLOG – Myles Thomas – A World Without Advertising
    Non-commercial broadcasting and media. It’s a solution for all manner of problems ailing our tender nation… voter engagement, unaccountable governance, apathy, stupefaction, public education, science in schools, arts appreciation, cultural cringe… But no-one could’ve guessed that non-commercial media might solve...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October
    March against war – 2pm Saturday 25th October...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • Whack a mole as US govt foreign policy
    Whack-A-Mole was a popular arcade game from my youth.  It consisted of a waist high cabinet with holes in the top. Plastic moles seemingly randomly pop out of these holes. The purpose of the game was to hit as many...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • In Paean of Debt
    This week is ‘Money Week’. It’s an opportunity to promote to the middle classes, and anyone else who will listen, the virtues of wise ‘investment’. The aims are to promote the mystical (and indeed mythical) virtues of saving for the...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • The last 48 hours – Poverty denial, war denial and unapologetic abuse of ...
    The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy. Here is Radio NZ...
    The Daily Blog | 16-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Pat O’Dea – Mana 2.0 Rebooted
    Internationally the news is that Evo Morales of Bolivia won big with Left Wing policies But what are the chances that the Left will make a resurgence in this country? As the internecine struggles between the Left and the Right...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Blomfield IPCA letter – Has Dirty Politics leaked into the NZ Police ...
    It’s difficult to know what to make of the IPCA letter to Matthew Blomfield over Slater’s continued insistence that the hard drive taken from Matthew wasn’t stolen.  Slater has selectively cherry picked the Police referring back to his claim that Blomfeild perjured...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • ​Media release: Rail and Maritime Transport Union – Auckland move for K...
    The Rail and Maritime Transport Union is questioning a KiwiRail proposal to progressively relocate its Zero Harm personnel from Wellington to Auckland. “The purpose of the Zero Harm team is to drive KiwiRail’s performance in health and safety.  Rail is a...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Amnesty International – Friend request from an IS militant
    There’s always that one person, that one Facebook friend, usually a musician or event promoter, who, when you so foolishly accept their friend request, will completely inundate your news feed with copious event invitations and promotions. The person who, despite...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • NZ should follow the UK and recognize the Palestinian state
    Over the past two weeks, the United Kingdom and Sweden have made headlines through their decisions to recognize the state of Palestine. They are hardly the first nations to do so. Indeed, 134 countries have, in various ways, given formal...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • The Discordant Chimes of Freedom: Why Labour has yet to be forgiven.
    WHY DOES THE ELECTORATE routinely punish Labour and the Greens for their alleged “political correctness” but not National? It just doesn’t seem fair. Consider, for example, the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007 – the so-called “anti-smacking legislation” –...
    The Daily Blog | 15-10
  • Hosking or Henry – Which right wing crypto fascist clown do you want to w...
    So Mediaworks are finally going to make some actual money from their eye watering contract with Paul Henry by launching a new multi-platform Breakfast show over TV, Radio and internet. This is great news for Campbell Live who have dodged...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Families need more money to reduce child poverty
    Prime Minister John Key is mistaken to rule out extending the In Work Tax Credit to all poor children (The Nation 11th Oct) and Child Poverty Action Group challenges government advisors to come up with a more cost effective way...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • GUEST BLOG: Kelly Ellis – Don’t shit on my dream
    Once were dreamers. A large man, walks down the road and, even from 200 yards there’s light showing between his big arms and bigger body. It’s as if he’s put tennis balls under his arms. Two parking wardens walk out...
    The Daily Blog | 14-10
  • Pike River Families Group Press Release
    The Families can now but hope that Solid Energy will consider closely the response of the Families’ expert mining advisers, Bob Stevenson and Dave Creedy, and the independent legal advice by Hugh Rennie QC as to why re-entry to the...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • On The Nation this weekend
    This weekend on The Nation… with dairy prices falling, China growing its agriculture sector, and the environmental costs piling up, we ask the Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings if New Zealand is too dependent on milk powder and if we’ve...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • NZ Government Urged to Do More to Fight Ebola
    As Ebola continues to tear through West Africa, Save the Children NZ is urging the government to do more in the fight against the deadly virus....
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Korero Mai Ki Ahau – Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014
    Broadcast on Waatea 603AM Saturday 12.00 - 12.30pm Sunday 12.00 - 12.30pm Both shows repeated 5.00pm – 6.00pm On Sunday...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Putting whānau foremost in Family Dispute Resolution
    Dispute resolution company, FairWay Resolution, has developed a uniquely New Zealand approach to family dispute resolution (FDR) that is underpinned by the cultural needs and values of the parties to a family dispute. In support of its role as a...
    Scoop politics | 24-10
  • Anglican Family Care staff to rally industrial action rises
    Public Service Association (PSA) members working at Anglican Family Care (AFC) in Dunedin will hold two rallies in Dunedin next week as they seek a fair pay offer, following a week of low-key industrial action....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Flying Visit for Adventuring Kiwi Socialpreneur
    12 Months on, this former Alexandra barista is changing lives in Buenos Aires Slums with free lunches, music, art, drama and toothbrushes...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • March in Solidarity with Kurdistan Against ISIS Attacks
    The New Zealand Kurdish Community will march in solidarity with Kurdistan in light of the heinous genocidal attacks in Kobanê by ISIS. We will begin with silent demonstrations then commence marching. We will start from Britomart, Queen Street (outside Dick...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • No Problem for Henare & Jones, But “No Way” for Harawira
    “Just before the election I broke the story about the gutting of Maori Television’s News and Current Affairs department by MTS’ new CEO Paora Maxwell. I pointed out that Carol Hirschfeld and Julian Wilcox, two of the country’s most experienced...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Corruption: Positive developments for NZ but more to be done
    Global anti-corruption group Transparency International today released a report on OECD Anti-Bribery Convention enforcement and called for New Zealand to implement draft legislation to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Government to Blame as Much as Council for Marryatt Payout
    The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Government to fix the employment law regime that has forced Christchurch ratepayers to fork out $800,000 to former Council boss Tony Marryatt....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Unanimously Call for Commissioner to Arm Police Full Time
    In the wake of a series of recent armed offender incidents, delegates to the Police Association Annual Conference today called unanimously on the Commissioner to arm Police full time....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Bank gets behind NZ wildlife icon with sizable donation
    It will be easier than ever this summer for holiday-markers to dip into their pockets to support the yellow-eyed penguin....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • WorkSafe report raises concerns about asbestos
    The union representing construction workers in the Canterbury rebuild is surprised at WorkSafe’s conclusion that no action needs to be taken against EQC and Fletcher EQR over asbestos exposure in Canterbury homes. “This report was an opportunity...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Union accuses SkyCity CEO of misleading public
    Unite Union has accused SkyCity CEO Nigel Morrison of misleading the public over the cut in hours for a staff member who raised the issue at the company's AGM....
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Last Hurrah on the Taxpayer
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Hone Harawira spent up $54,000 on the taxpayer in his last three months as an MP, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “It is absolutely disgraceful that an MP managed to rack...
    Scoop politics | 23-10
  • Press statement in relation to search of Nicky Hager’s home
    On 2 October 2014, Nicky Hager's home in Wellington was searched by police. Mr Hager asserted that documents kept at his house were protected by privilege, including because they contained information that might identify confidential sources....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • The Sam Simon arrives into Auckland for new campaign
    This morning Sea Shepherd ship, the Sam Simon, arrived into Auckland harbour after its journey from Melbourne. The ship and its 25 crew from around the globe have come to New Zealand to source supplies and prepare for the upcoming...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Low inflation – time for meaningful wage increases
    With inflation low, now is a good time for workers to negotiate for pay increases that outstrip price rises and deliver real increases in wages and salaries. “For too many people, real pay increases have been missing for several years...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Auckland Rates Rises Out of Control
    Responding to the NZ Herald report that Auckland ratepayers will face an average of a 29 percent rates increase, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “These rate rises show that Len Brown's spending is out of control.”...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Protest at New Plymouth Oil and Gas Expo
    About 30 protesters from Climate Justice Taranaki, Frack-free Kapiti, Te Uru Pounamu Action Group, Oil Free Wellington, Frack-free Manawatu and the east coast protested yesterday outside New Plymouth's biennial Oil and Gas Expo at the TSB Stadium....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • FMA warns consumers about cold-calling investment offers
    The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) is warning New Zealand consumers and investors to be wary of cold-calls asking them to buy shares or put their money into offshore firms....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Comprehensive plan needed to end child poverty
    Child Poverty Action Group says it is vital the newly re-elected National government takes a planned and comprehensive approach to reducing child poverty in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Metiria Gets Feed the Kids
    Yesterday the Speaker of the House advised that he had accepted my request to transfer my Feed the Kids (Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment) Bill to Metiria Turei of the Green Party....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • DIA undercover investigation leads to jailing
    An undercover Internal Affairs investigation has led to a Hastings man being jailed for three and half years....
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of Balibo Five
    Media Information: Call on Minister McCully to pursue the case of journalist Gary Cunningham and the Balibo Five...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Australia and NZ actions on press freedoms alarming
    Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum...
    Scoop politics | 22-10
  • Call for release of French journalists in West Papua
    West Papua Action Auckland, the EPMU Print and Media Council and the NZ Media Freedom Network call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs to speak out in support of the two French TV journalists whose trial has just begun in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Court of Appeal: Dotcom v 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
    A The appeal is dismissed. B The 20 August 2014 order of the High Court dealing with confidentiality and the 29 August 2014 order of this Court dealing with confidentiality are set aside. C The confidentiality orders set out in...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Glassons Blasted For Glamourising Animal Cruelty
    Clothing brand Glassons have found themselves embroiled in another controversy after launching a new advert featuring a girl riding a bull. Animal advocacy organisation SAFE have asked them to remove the ad immediately as it glamourises animal cruelty....
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet
    Smuggling honey into New Zealand isn’t sweet Federated Farmers Bee Industry Group applauds the tough line taken by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) Border Staff at Auckland Airport. In deporting the couple found trying to smuggle bee products...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Taxpayers’ Union Responds to Joyce on Corporate Welfare
    Responding to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce’s defence of corporate welfare , Jim Rose, the author of Monopoly Money , a Taxpayers Union report on corporate welfare since 2008, says:...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech from the Throne brings welcome focus on children
    Today’s speech from the Throne confirms the Government’s focus on children, youth and their families in the areas of health, education, youth employment, poverty alleviation and Whānau Ora; now the challenge is to ensure every child in New Zealand...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • John’s Job Fairs no fix for unemployment and poverty
    “John Key has clearly been looking to the US for his latest bright idea on dealing with employment issues,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty coordinator Sue Bradford. “Job fairs where the desperately unemployed queue in their corporate best to compete...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Speech From the Throne Foreshadows More Corporate Welfare
    Responding to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne, which outlined that the Government’s intentions for the next Parliamentary term would include further Business Growth Agenda initiatives, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan...
    Scoop politics | 21-10
  • Green MP to speak at panel on Rainbow Mental Health
    Hamilton, New Zealand: Recently re-elected Green Party MP Jan Logie will be a guest speaker at a panel on the mental health of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trangender, Takataapui and Intersex people taking place on November 1st as part of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Evidence Supports GE Moratorium
    Federated Farmers spokesman Graham Smith's call for a 'rethink' on release of GeneticallyEngineered organisms is misguided, and instead it is time for a formal moratorium on GMOs in the environment.(1)...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Chatham Rise mining could have impact on whales and dolphins
    Wellington, 21 October 2014--Mining phosphate on the Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, could potentially have many impacts on marine mammals like whales and dolphins, the Environmental Protection Agency was told today....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Council endorses Nanaia Mahuta as the next Labour leader
    Te Kaunihera Māori, the Māori Council of the New Zealand Labour Party, have passed a resolution to endorse the Hon Nanaia Mahuta as the next leader of the Labour Party...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Kaumatua to organise petition to end Maori seats
    Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin has announced that he will be organising a nationwide petition to seek support from Maori voters to end the Maori seats. “These seats are patronising”, he says. “They imply we need a special status, and that...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Announcing a New Voice for The Left
    Josh Forman is pleased to announce the creation of a new force on the Left of politics in New Zealand....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Public services held back by poor workplace culture
    A new report by Victoria University’s Centre for Labour, Employment and Work shows that public servants are working significant unpaid overtime to ensure the public services New Zealanders value are able to continue....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • iPredict New Zealand Weekly Economic & Political Update
    Andrew Little’s probability of being the next leader of the Labour Party has reached 70% and Jacinda Ardern is favourite to become his deputy, according to the combined wisdom of the 8000+ registered traders on New Zealand’s predictions market, iPredict....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Prison Drug Treatment Unit marks a milestone
    Christchurch Men’s Prison’s Drug Treatment Unit (DTU) celebrated the completion of its 50th six month Drug and Alcohol Programme today, with the graduation of a further twelve offenders....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Security Council seat a chance for NZ to empower women
    The UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand (UN Women NCANZ) welcomes New Zealand winning a seat on the United Nations Security Council and is calling on New Zealand to use its position to proactively promote effective implementation of the...
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Waipareira and ACC sign Partnership
    Waipareira and The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Whanau Centre, Henderson – marking a special day for the West Auckland Urban Maori organisation....
    Scoop politics | 20-10
  • Humanitarian aid desperately needed in Iraq and Syria
    Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on the government to provide humanitarian funding for non-aligned NGOs (non-governmental organisations) in the Middle East rather than give any support whatever for the US-led military campaign in the area....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Court Judicial Decision: Dotcom v The USA: 17 October 2014
    The United States of America is seeking the extradition of Messrs Dotcom, Batato, Ortmann and Van Der Kolk. The matter has been before the Courts on numerous occasions, and no further recitation of the facts is needed....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Marshall Island poet speaks at UN climate summit
    “The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by...
    Scoop politics | 19-10
  • Many tourist car accidents preventable
    Simple steps could dramatically reduce the number of accidents involving tourists, says the car review website dogandlemon.com ....
    Scoop politics | 19-10
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